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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Celebrations of the Obama inauguration

Recognitions and celebrations of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama were recorded throughout the world on January 20, 2009.

"Residents of the coastal Colombian city Turbaco, comprised mostly of people from Afro-Colombian descent, rang in the inauguration of American President Barack Obama Tuesday with fireworks, street theater and Caribbean themed music," Bryon Wells writes in the Colombia Reports' article "Turbaco celebrates Obama inauguration."

"The celebration was an affirmation for the residents of Turbaco, who overwhelmingly voted in November through mock elections to show solidarity with Obama..."

Reports from various journalists in the article "Obama Inauguration Scenes From Around The World" demonstrate the feelings of hope and pride many have demonstrated because of Obama's election.

"Blacks face so much discrimination here," the journalist Bradley Brooks quotes Alex Andrade, an unemployed Black Brazilian as stating. "Now with a Black man in charge of such an important country, it might help decrease the racism in Brazil," the 24-year-old said. "I never thought I'd see a Black man with so much power. It is giving hope to all the people who live here."

While Vivian Sequera notes that Afro-Colombian sugarcane cutters in Puerto Tejada were given Tuesday off and "watched Barack Obama's inauguration on a giant TV screen and celebrated with dancing and singing.

" 'The people here see themselves represented in Obama,' Mayor Elver Montano said. 'President Barack Obama could us help a lot, promote dialogue, give resources and money to help improve people's livelihood.' "

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Will Obama support Durban Review?
By Karen Juanita Carrillo

With the much-anticipated exit of President Geor
DRClogo.jpgge W. Bush and the even greater awaited entrance of President-elect Barack Obama to the White House this month, millions are expecting to see federal policy changes that will spur the United States’ economy.

But beyond the changes needed in-country, many people are expecting the Obama administration to help reposition U.S. foreign policy – in particular, the way it addresses developing nations.  And one upcoming event that Obama’s administration could make a significant appearance at is the Durban Review Conference (DRC/
www.un.org/durbanreview2009/), the follow-up to the United Nation’s World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance (WCAR; www.un.org/WCAR), due to take place in Geneva, Switzerland April 20-24, 2009.

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York

and England

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The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.

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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

 by Karen Juanita Carrillo

The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.  One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity.

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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future 

by Karen Juanita Carrillo

 The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks. 

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